|spotlight: Students honor "Big Jimmy"|
Tributes cite his generosity, caring, dedication, and friendship to MIT students
James E. Roberts Sr., known as "Big Jimmy," was the nightwatchman at MIT dormitories Senior House and East Campus for many years until he passed away suddenly this past Friday.
A beloved member of the MIT community, students and alumni remember Big Jimmy's dedication, caring, and friendship. In their tributes, students referred to him as a "guardian angel," "surrogate father," and "a beloved friend."
Joshua Lifton, a graduate student in the Media Lab and graduate resident tutor in Senior House, has put together a web site in memory of Roberts at http://web.media.mit.edu/~lifton/BigJimmy/
A small wake to celebrate and remember the life of James "Big Jimmy" Roberts will be held in Senior House at 8pm tonight (Tuesday) following the funeral service. All members of the MIT community are welcome to attend.
A resident of Brockton, Roberts leaves behind 2 children, 6 grandchildren, and hundreds of MIT "children."
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jim's memory to the MIT Scholarship Fund.
-by Susan Curran
Students honor 'Big Jimmy' with scholarship fund
Memorial service and photo gallery
Big Jim, friend to students:
A picture of a young Big Jimmy